Voronezh State UniversityVoronezh State University


Zhanna V. Gracheva


Address: Room 34, Building 2, 10 Ploschad Lenina, Voronezh

Phone: +7 (473) 220-41-38

E-mail: deanery@phil.vsu.ru

Website: www.phil.vsu.ru


The Faculty of Philology: the art of reading and the skill of understanding Finding yourself in the area of high culture of humanities

  • Scientific and cultural centre of Voronezh, Central Black Earth Region, and Russia.
  • The oldest faculty at VSU (It had been a part of the Faculty of History and Philology since 1918, but in 1960 it became an independent faculty, and in 1985 it produced the Faculty of Journalism).
  • Centre of teaching Russian as a foreign language acknowledged in Russia and abroad. The Voronezh pre-university faculty has been well-known since 1960s.
  • Rich philological traditions. One of the oldest publication in humanities, “Filologicheskie Zapiski” (1860–1917), was revived at the faculty in 1993 and is still published offering the latest intellectual achievements of Russian and international linguists and literary scholars.
  • Maintaining the traditions of a classical higher education school and active development and use of modern education technologies.
  • Educational programmes related to different fields of humanities. Combination of fundamental philological education and modern applied skills:

The speciality “Philology” provides the opportunity to become a researcher, a teacher of philology, including teaching Russian as a foreign language, a teacher of Russian language and literature, become an editor, a copywriter, a forensic linguistics specialist, a journalist, or a writer.

The speciality “Publishing” trains specialists in the field of book publishing, editing, typesetting, design, printed matter advertising, and publishing business.

The speciality “Library and Information Activity” trains how to work with information, documents, and databases, how to manage the work of libraries.

The speciality “Arts and Humanities” trains designers, further education teachers in the field of art and culture, and curators of art projects.

Our graduates work in different areas: in schools and universities, in mass media, in publishing houses and printing offices, in administrative structures, in design and advertising agencies.

Bachelor's degree

  • 45.03.01 Philology
    Fields of study:
    • National Philology (full-time, extramural)
    • Russian Philology for International Students (full-time)
  • 42.03.03 Publishing
    Field of study: News Media Editing and Design (full-time)
  • 50.03.01 Humanitarian Sciences and Arts
    Field of study: Design (full-time)
  • 51.03.06 Library and Information Activity
    Field of study: Library and Information Assistance of Sociocultural Activities (full-time)

Master's degree

  • 45.04.01 Philology
    Fields of study:
    • Russian Language and Literature in Cultural and Pedagogical Aspects (full-time)
    • Russian Literature in the European Context (full-time)
    • Psycholinguistics and Forensic Linguistics (extramural)
    • Practical Philology in the Organisation of Administrative, Cultural, and Educational Activity (extramural)

Postgraduate Training Programmes

  • 45.06.01 Linguistics and Literary Studies
    Fields of study:
    • International Literature (with specific literature)
    • Russian Literature
    • Russian Language

Two dissertation boards


  • 10.01.01 Russian Literature
  • 10.01.03 International Literature
  • 10.02.01 Russian Language, 10.02.19 Linguistic Theory

Study options

  • Full-time
  • Extramural


  • Bachelor’s degree programmes (full-time): 4 years
  • Bachelor’s degree programmes (extramural): 5 years
  • Master’s degree programmes (full-time): 2 years
  • Master’s degree programmes (extramural): 2 years 5 months
  • Postgraduate training programmes (full-time): 3 years
  • Postgraduate training programmes (extramural): 4 years

Academic Staff

The faculty has highly-qualified academic teaching staff, including 13 Professors, 31 Associate Professors, 33 PhDs, 17 DSc, among them: 1 Honoured Scientist of the Russian Federation, 2 Honoured Workers of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, 1 member of the Presidential Council for Russian Language, 2 active members of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues, 1 Academician of the Academy of Pedagogical and Social Sciences, and 2 members of the Union of Russian Writers.

Educational facilities / resources

  • Voronezh Linguistic and Regional Study Research Laboratory named after Prof. V.I. Sobinnikova
  • Folk Culture and Ethnography Research Laboratory named after Prof. S.G. Lazutin
  • The Russian Language Centre
  • Interregional Communicative Research Centre
  • Slavic Philology Learning Centre
  • Centre of Philological Assistance in Contemporary Business Communication
  • Museum of Folk Culture

Key areas of research

  • Universal Russian literature
  • Ivan Bunin’s literary world
  • “Voronezh text” of Russian culture
  • Borderline epochs and “boundary” literary phenomena
  • “Studying the materials of folk culture of the Voronezh Region, including those from the Russian Geographical Society archive)
  • Continuous literary education as a contemporary social task
  • The works of A. Platonov
  • Issues of modern interpretation and perception
  • Regional linguistics of the Voronezh Region: Voronezh linguistic and regional study
  • Slavic languages: comparative studies
  • Historical text linguistics
  • Theoretical problems of creating a "Psycholinguistic dictionary of modern Russian language"
  • Communicative studies
  • Semantic and cognitive studies
  • The problem of author and the narrative form
  • The problem of national identity
  • European literature and medieval culture
  • Interconnection between language and culture
  • Contemporary West European literature
  • Books in social, cultural, and economic contexts Printed and electronic books
  • Theory and practice of teaching Russian as a foreign language

International partner universities

International programmes and projects

  • Joint master’s degree programme "Russian Literature in the European Context” in cooperation with the University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen).
  • Research and educational project “FILKO – Philology, Culture, and Education” (Stip, Macedonia, and Voronezh, VSU).
  • International educational event “Total dictation”.
  • International Platonov Art Festival, a cultural and educational project.
  • Research and educational project “Student community and promoting humanities in the XXI century”.
  • Research and educational project “The Book in the Modern World:”.
  • Research and educational project “Religious and historic conference in honour of Saint Mitrofan of Voronezh”.
  • Research and educational project “Teaching philology to international students”.
  • Research project “Universal Russian Literature”.
  • Research project “Metaphysics of I. Bunin”.
  • Research project “FILKO – Philology, Culture, and Education”.
  • Educational project “Contemporary issues in modern literature” (distance learning programme).

The faculty has been offering programmes to international students from European and Asian countries since 1966, including a master’s degree programme “Russian as a foreign language and intercultural communication”.

Students of the faculty are offered one-term programmes at the universities of Germany, Czech Republic, Serbia, and Hungary.

There are special further education programmes with internships and advanced training for students and teachers from European and Asian countries.


Voronezh State University • 1997–2024